St Jude's Catholic Primary School

St Jude's Catholic Primary School

"Together, we learn, love and grow with Jesus"

Welcome to Reception Class

Welcome to our Reception class Information Page. On this page you will find our YR Long term plan, our latest termly class newsletter, details of our homework project for this half term and any other relevant information.  At the bottom of this page is our news and photo gallery.

In Reception Class we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework is based upon four themes:

  • A Unique Child – developing resilient, capable, confident and self assured individuals
  • Positive Relationships – supporting the children in becoming strong and independent self assured individuals
  • Enabling Environments – where opportunities respond to individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents/carers
  • Learning and Development – acknowledging that children learn in different ways and at different rates

More information on the EYFS framework and how it is delivered at St Jude's is included in our Early Years Policy which can be found on our General Policies page.  

Our EYFS Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement

Long Term Plan

Below is the plan showing the topics taught through the year. Please see the curriculum subject pages for more information regarding the topics. 

What are Reception learning this term?

Autumn 1 

What are Reception learning this term?

Spring 1

Early Years Core Stories and Rhymes

Termly Class Newsletter

Below is the relevant information that you will need for this term. If you have any further questions please see the class teacher.

What are Reception learning this term?

Autumn 2 

What are Reception learning this term?

Spring 2

What to expect in the EYFS

A Guide for Parents

Half Termly Homework Project

Alongside weekly class homework, a half termly homework project will be set to support classroom learning. Below is this half terms project.

 Phonics and reading

Systematic synthetic daily phonics is taught following the Read Write Inc Programme throughout Early Years and Key Stage 1, beginning in the summer term of Pre-school. Pupils are grouped according to ability across the year groups. Progress is tracked throughout the year by the early reading and phonics lead and groupings are adjusted accordingly. Pupils in Year 1 have a National Phonics Screening Test in June. Pupils who do not achieve the expected standard re-sit the test the following year when they are in Y2.  Fast track tutoring will be used as an intervention when required to support early reading and writing. 
When pupils complete the Read Write Inc phonics programme they begin 'No-nonsense spelling'.  This programme is taught throughout Key Stage 2. 

We use the Read Write Inc reading scheme throughout Early Years and Key Stage 1 where books are fully decodable and correlate with where the child is up to in the scheme.  Children are also sent home a book which is closely matched to their reading level from Oxford Reading Tree, Project X or Floppy Phonics and a book to read for pleasure with an adult, which will be from the school library.



If you have any questions or would like any further information about the curriculum or how you can further support your child's learning at home then please speak to your child's class teacher.  

If you would like any copies of the documents on this page, the school office will be happy to print them for you.  

YR News and Gallery


Our Reception children have now been at St Jude's for 4 weeks and have settled into school life wonderfully.


The children explored seasonal changes, we talked about what happens during autumn and went on an autumnal walk to spot signs of autumn. The children also created some beautiful pieces of art on our autumn theme.


We have been inspired by the artist Andy Goldworthy and made our own group sculptures using natural materials. The Reception staff were very impressed with all the children’s work..


The children enjoyed eating their Christmas dinner together and talking about what their favourite part of Christmas dinner is,


The children have enjoyed making maps of Little Red Riding Hood’s Journey through the woods to her Granny’s house. They used their maps to create models to retell the story together.


The children explored freezing and melting. They predicted what would happen to the water when we put it into the freezer. They then held the ice and watched it melt in their warm arms. Later in the week we even had some snow and ice to explore in our garden!


Reception enjoyed finding out about Chinese New Year and how It is celebrated around the world. The children created and decorated their own dragon, carefully painted chinses lanterns, made their own dances to Chinese New Year music and even tasted some delicious Chinese food.


The children in Reception had the opportunity to taste the 7 delicious fruits from the story ‘Handa’s Surprise’.